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Things to do on Tasmania’s east coast.

Paul Fleming

Dreaming of deserted beaches, lobster shacks and boutique wineries? Get ready to do the Great Eastern Drive.

Great Eastern Drive

A man and a woman wearing beanies and warm jumpers embrace on the shoreline rocks of Coles Bay. The rocks are orange with lichen and contrast with the turquoise water. The Hazards mountain range is clearly seen on this sunny day Stu Gibson

Go slow - there are photo opportunities around every corner on the east coast drive

Discover almost a dozen vineyards and cellar doors on the Great Eastern Drive. Stop for a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir, and fill the hamper with tasty local produce sourced along the way.

Coastal wineries

A woman wearing late Autumn clothing and a beanie walks between the grape vines.The leaves of the vines have turned yellow and have fallen to the ground onto the wet green grass Lisa Kuilenburg

Explore boutique cool climate wineries with spectacular coastal views

From the quaint to the spectacular, you’ll uncover award-winning wineries whipped by salty sea breezes on the east coast. Don’t miss the pinots at Devil’s Corner, overlooking The Hazards at Apslawn. Team a wine tasting with a wood-fired pizza, or indulge in a seafood platter with a glass of sparkling on the grass. At Cranbrook, the family-owned Spring Vale Vineyard has a cellar door housed in a convict-built stable. Absorb its history during a tasting, and don’t miss the vineyard’s gin, ‘The Splendid’.

Maria Island

a couple looking at a free wombat in Maria Island, TasmaniaStu Gibson

Wombats wander freely on Maria Island

A car-free national park, Maria Island is a geological wonder teeming with wildlife. It’s also rich in indigenous and colonial history. Take the ferry from Triabunna, then wander the ruins of Darlington, a convict penitentiary. Hire a bike or come prepared to hike further afield. For the ultimate immersion in this unique environment, consider the unforgettable four-day Maria Island guided walk. On the island, take the 'Maria Island Pledge' to keep our wombats wild and admire from a distance.

Freycinet Peninsula

an aerial view of Wineglass Bay in TasmaniaJason Charles Hill

See Wineglass Bay in all its glory on a charter flight

Wild and sublime, the Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks and a favourite among travellers. Book a Freycinet Air Charter for breathtaking aerial views of its mountains, beaches and islands. Admire the spectacular granite of the Hazards and gaze over Honeymoon Bay, a quiet swimming spot. Take time out at Friendly Beaches, with white sands stretching for almost 10 kilometres from the northern end of Freycinet National Park.

Ocean-to-plate seafood

a fresh rock lobster straight off the boat in Bicheno, TasmaniaTourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Straight off the boat – taste fresh rock lobster in Bicheno

There’s no need to explore on an empty stomach. Wherever you are on this coastline, there’s bound to be just-caught seafood on the menu. At The Lobster Shack in Bicheno, you’ll never forget your first taste of fresh Tasmanian southern rock lobster. Think of it as an ocean farm-gate, where you can eat inside, outside or take away. Oyster lovers, meanwhile, stop for their fix at Melshell Oyster Shack, a little blue caravan at Dolphin Sands selling oysters farmed using traditional methods.

After-dark devil encounters

a small Tasmanian devil at Devils in the Dark, TasmaniaTourism Tasmania & Mark Eveleigh.

Tasmanian devils are shy and feed at night. See them at Devils in the Dark, near Bicheno

If you’re in the Tassie wilderness after dark, you may hear the sounds of Tasmanian devils but you’re unlikely to see them. Devils in the Dark is an experiential tour based near Bicheno that offers a rare opportunity to observe the carnivorous creatures feeding at night. Established by a wildlife expert on private property, the tours help fund a breeding program that is creating an ‘insurance population’ of this endangered species.

Traversing waterways

A look out point in Georges Bay, Tasmania Pirie Bath Photography

Experience the stillness of the waterways in Georges Bay

Novice and experienced kayakers can paddle quiet waters lined with shacks and marshlands at Georges Bay in St Helens. Those seeking a challenge and access to lesser-known spots by kayak can paddle a personalised itinerary by Secret River Tours.

larapuna / Bay of Fires

landscape sunset of Binalong Bay in Tasmania. Pete Harmsen

Watch the larapuna / Bay of Fires transform and glow in shades of orange and crimson at sunset

Extending from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north, larapuna / Bay of Fires Conservation Area is a striking landscape of white sand, turquoise water and granite boulders coloured by bright orange lichen. Between Binalong Bay and The Gardens, where emerald green pastures sit above the white sand, is a 13-kilometre stretch of glorious beach with areas for camping and spots for motorhomes. Experience the ancient culture and landscape of larapuna / Bay of Fires and wukalina / Mount William from a unique palawa perspective on the wukalina Walk, a four-day guided walk that is Aboriginal owned and operated.

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